The Phoenix Suns (4-6) were disappointed with their performance on Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now they will try and bounce back with no rest against the New Jersey Nets (2-9). The Nets are having their own issues this season, not the least of which is the broken foot of center Brook Lopez. The Suns, on paper, have the advantage in talent but the aging Steve Nash played over 35 minutes on Thursday and Grant Hill is questionable due to knee soreness.
In other words, there's plenty of reasons to think the Phoenix Suns won't win this game. Then again, there's no reason to think they won't. Or something like that.
The Nets have the great Deron Williams and then there's the most hated player in the NBA (according to fans of reality TV) Kris Humphries. Then it gets sketchy fast.
- Point guard: Steve Nash -- Deron Williams
- Shooting guard: Jared Dudley -- Anthony Marrow
- Small forward: Grant Hill (?) -- Marshon Brooks
- Power forward: Channing Frye -- Kris Humphries
- Center: Marcin Gortat -- Mehmet Okur
- Key subs: Suns (Markieff Morris, Shannon Brown, Michael Redd, Ronnie Price,Hakim Warrick, Robin Lopez). Nets (Shelden Williams, Jordan Farmar, Sundiata Gaines, Shawne Williams)
The last two games that the Suns have lost they have also lost the rebounding battle, and if they are hoping to change things tonight I believe it will start on the glass. Aside from Kris Humphries who has been playing very well in his post-Kardashian career, the Nets don't have another player averaging more than 5 rebounds a game.
The Nets are averaging 39.8 rebounds a game while the Suns are averaging 42.1. While this certainly isn't a huge advantage, it shows that the Suns are more than capable of winning in this category tonight.